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One Man's Trash

If I learned, one thing about growing up on a farm and marrying a farmer, it would be farmers are very resourceful. It seems like every time my Mom would throw something out of the littlest use, it always ended up in my Dad's shop. He seems to think that there would be a need for it someday or that would be able to tinker with it to find a need it for later.

That all came in handy a month or so ago when we up at my mom's house, we noticed a stray kitten wandering around the acreage. My parents hadn't had a cat for over 10 years. The last dog had to be put down a year ago. But sure enough, we went in the shop and there was a cat food bowl and water bowls, too. We even found some old dog bones, which our dog at home was very happy about.


My husband and I had been talking about getting chickens soon. We always had them growing up but it had been 20 years or so since the chicken house was tore down and the chickens all disappeared. I was wondering through my Dad's shop a f…

Game Day Almond Recipes

Sunday is the big game day and whether you're entertaining or going to a friends house, you need good food. The following two recipes are easy snacks that are perfect for bringing to a party or to make ahead for your own. They will be able to sit out all day during the game and still be delicious! The added bonus, they have almonds in them!
I am the kind of cook that looks at a recipe and looks for ways to put my own spin on it. Maybe there is an ingredient I don't like or I don't have on hand, I use something else. My husband even jokes that if I make the same dish twice, it is never the same. I usually never follow recipes, so I did my best to accurately measure for you today. But I am a strong believer in making it your own, so feel free to switch it up!

Sweet and Spicy Party Nuts

2-3 cups assorted nuts- I used 2 cups almonds and 1 cup cashews. Pecans or peanuts also work well.
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2-3 teaspoons packed brown sugar- use more or less depending on how sweet you want them
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper- more or less depending on how spicy you want them
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons sea salt


1. First, you will need to roast the nuts and pumpkin seeds at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. If you are using already roasted nuts you don't need this step.
2. In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, cayenne and pepper until all sugar is dissolved and blended with all ingredients.
3. When nuts are done, combine them with the sugar mixture. They will be hot so mix well and be sure to the scrape bottom of bowl.
4. Once nuts have cooled slightly, add salt and chocolate.
5. Store in an airtight container and Enjoy!







 Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup dry oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed- Sometimes I just use whole seeds for more crunch
1/3 cup honey

1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.
2. Form mixture into bite size balls.
3. Cool in fridge and enjoy!

Substitutions: For a more nutty taste substitute almond butter for peanut butter. For a sweeter taste, I also love adding 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to these too!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl 

Comments

  1. Hi Jenny, these are some amazing looking recipes that you have shared. Are these good for people on a diet? Do share more recommendations on health food as well.

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